Boeing’s Second ABS All-Electric Propulsion Satellite Begins Operation
…To Deliver In-Home Communications Services Across Asia, Africa, Russia
A Boeing satellite built for ABS to provide enhanced satellite services including direct-to-home television services on January 21 to customers in Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Asia has entered into commercial service.
This satellite, ABS-2A, joins ABS-3A as Boeing’s second all-electric propulsion 702 satellite for ABS.
Boeing is the first satellite manufacturer to build and deliver all-electric propulsion satellites.
Speaking on the development, the Chief Executive Officer, ABS, Tom Choi, said, “We have completed our three-satellite build investment in launching three satellites in three consecutive years, including ABS-2 in 2014 as well as Boeing’s ABS-3A in 2015 and ABS-2A in 2016. ABS-2A is the latest high-capacity satellite providing expansion and continuity of satellite services at ABS’ prime gateway over the Indian Ocean region. It is located with ABS-2 at our premium neighborhood at 75°E optimized for video services for growing television community access and direct-to-home businesses.”
According to ABS CEO, all-electric satellites can be launched as pairs, as ABS-2A was in June 2016 and that this improves efficiency and affordability for the customer.
On his part, the President, Boeing Satellite Systems International, Mark Spiwak, said, “This latest delivery reaffirms our leadership with all-electric propulsion. Our ability to stack and join the satellites using our patented design enables our customers to minimize the costs associated with launching a single satellite.”